The NFL is set up with another great day of action on Sunday afternoon. Twelve games will be up on the board throughout November 1. One of these games will be an afternoon tilt between the New Orleans Saints and the Chicago Bears. These two teams will look to earn a big win to keep their strong starts going. This game will kick off at around 4:25 PM Eastern time.
New Orleans has earned a record of 4-2 throughout this season, which has them in second place of the NFC South. The Saints are right behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the division and will look to keep it close with a win on Sunday afternoon. New Orleans has won three games in a row coming into this one and will look to make it a fourth with a big win on the road.
The Bears have put up a record of 5-2 so far this season, which has them sitting in second place of the NFC North. Chicago is also right behind the Green Bay Packers in their division and will look to bounce back after losing on Monday Night Football last week. The Bears had a bit shorter of a week, which they will look to overcome with a strong start in this one.
Both of these teams have had very strong starts to the season, which has helped them earn wildcard spots in the NFC playoff picture. Neither team is leading their division, but both teams are a half game behind the division leader. I expect the Saints and the Bears to both come out hot in this one as they try to swing the momentum in their favor.
New Orleans met up with the Carolina Panthers in Week 7. Teddy Bridgewater threw two touchdown passes to D.J. Moore, while Curtis Samuel had a rushing touchdown. Drew Brees had two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. Will Lutz hit a go ahead field goal in the fourth quarter to help lead the Saints to a 27-24 win.
The Bears faced off against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football last week. Jared Goff threw two touchdown passes, one to Josh Reynolds and one to Gerald Everett. Malcolm Brown had a rushing touchdown. Eddie Jackson had a fumble return touchdown, but it was not enough for Chicago. The Rams were able to earn a 24-10 win.
The Saints are coming off a big win against a divisional opponent, which could help boost momentum coming into this one. Chicago on the other hand, lost on Monday Night Football, which will lead to a shorter week, which will be tough to bounce back from. The Bears will look to bounce back after the loss, while New Orleans will look to keep rolling with a win.
Drew Brees is the starting Quarterback for New Orleans. Brees continues to be an elite Quarterback in this league. He has thrown for 1618 yards this season, 11 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Brees has also rushed for two touchdowns this season. Last week, Brees went 29 of 36 for 287 yards, 2 touchdowns, while rushing for another touchdown.
Nick Foles is the starting QB for the Bears this season. Foles has taken over for Mitchell Trubisky after he struggled early in the season. Foles has thrown for 1139 yards, 6 touchdown and 6 interceptions on the season. In last week’s loss, Foles went 28-40 for 261 yards, 0 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. The Bears will need a better performance from him if they want to bounce back.
The Saints have the edge at Quarterback with Brees starting under center. Brees has been doing well to open up this season, totaling 13 touchdowns on the season. If Brees can continue his strong start in this one, it could be enough to knock off the Bears. Chicago will need Nick Foles to step up in this meeting if they want to keep their strong season going.
Offense vs Defense
The Saints offense continues to be lethal this season. New Orleans has scored 180 points and gained 2307 yards of offense on the season. That is good enough for 7th and 11th in the league this season. The Saints defense has not been bad either. New Orleans has held their opponents to 174 points and 1970 yards of offense, which is 25th and 7th in the NFL.
Chicago has struggled on offense throughout this season. The Bears have scored 138 points and gained 2156 yards of offense. Those numbers are 27th and 29th in the NFL so far this season. Chicago has been doing really well on defense though. The Bears have held opposing teams to 140 points and 2394 yards, which is 7th and 10th in the league.
The Saints offense has been doing really well this season, while Chicago’s defense has also been very dangerous. The mismatch in this one comes where the Bears offense has struggled, and New Orleans’ defense has not allowed a lot of yards. If the Saints can shut down Chicago’s offense, it could be enough to help them earn a big win at home.
The Bears have the better record coming into this one, but I believe that New Orleans can earn a big road win on Sunday. The Saints have a strong offense coming into this one and I believe they can slow down Chicago’s struggling offense. The Bears are also coming off a shorter week, which I think will give the Saints the advantage.
BetOnline has New Orleans listed as a -4 against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to the Saints on the road. I believe that this line is right as New Orleans has picked up their game since struggling early in the season. Chicago has a really good defense, but if the Saints can figure it out early, it should give them a big edge on Sunday.